Second world war

Britain is in danger of repeating its post-war mistakes

17 April 2021 9:00 am

What we can learn from Britain’s rationing mistakes

The dark history of dance marathons

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the dark history of dance marathons

The sufferings of Okinawa continue today unheard

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Okinawa is having a moment. Recently a Telegraph travel destination, to many in the west it’s still unfamiliar except as…

Churchill’s enigma: the real riddle is why he cosied up to Stalin

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The real riddle is why he cosied up to Stalin

Lives unlived: Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford, reviewed

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Francis Spufford was already admired as a non-fiction writer when he published his prize-winning first novel, On Golden Hill, in…

Covid, like war, brings less obvious shocks

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Domenica Lawson, daughter of Rosa and Dominic, the former editor of this paper, has Down’s syndrome. She is classified as…

The unlikely Schindler who saved my wife’s family

19 December 2020 9:00 am

As I gaze at my four children on Christmas morning, clambering on to the bed with their stockings, I will…

The Venus de Marlene

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Tanjil Rashid on the legend of Dietrich

The world’s greatest podcast: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History reviewed

12 December 2020 9:00 am

It’s well known that you should never meet your heroes because they will only disappoint you. Less commonly said, but…

Horrifyingly beautiful – but I will never watch it again: Painted Bird review

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The Painted Bird opens with a young boy (Jewish) running through a forest and clutching his pet ferret. He is…

Bombs over London: V for Victory, by Lissa Evans, reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Lissa Evans has been single-handedly rescuing the Hampstead novel from its reputation of being preoccupied by pretension and middle-class morality.…

Looking at Barnett Freedman makes me weep at the government's dismal graphics

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Among the spoils of a lockdown clear-out was a box of my grandmother’s books: Woolf, Austen, Mitford and The Complete…

The joy of eating birdseed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Rather like unpacking after a holiday, when you take unworn clothes from the case still neatly folded because the occasion…

The best podcasts for all your corona-gardening needs

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The American diet was probably at its healthiest in the second world war. Fearing interruption to supply chains, Washington launched…

Letters: We must sing again

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Growing pains Sir: James Forsyth (‘Rewiring the state’, 4 July) shocked this loyal Spectator reader with the following: ‘Even before…

Michaela Coel's dazzling finale reminds me of Philip Roth: I May Destroy You reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

It might seem a bit of a stretch to see deep similarities between Michaela Coel (young, female, black and currently…

Letters: Why Hugh Dowding deserves a statue

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Police relations Sir: As a former Met Police officer, with a similar background to Kevin Hurley, I was surprised how…

Culture is going underground: meet the rebel army

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Leaf Arbuthnot and Igor Toronyi-Lalic on the new cultural rebels

We won the Battle of Britain – just

4 July 2020 9:00 am

We won the Battle of Britain – just

A true story that never feels true: Resistance reviewed

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Resistance stars Jesse Eisenberg and tells the true story of how mime artist Marcel Marceau helped orphaned Jewish children to…

Is baking and watching Netflix really comparable to being bombed?

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Sentimentalising the Blitz is hardly ‘Blitz spirit’

From ‘divine Caesar’ to Hitler’s lapdog – the rise and fall of Benito Mussolini

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Mussolini dreamed of a new Roman empire and dominion over the Mediterranean. Two decades later he was hanging by his feet in a public square, as Ian Thomson relates

Isolation forces us to work out what really matters

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In tough times, people often discover their dauntlessness

Riveting documentary about a remarkable man: Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

First shown on BBC Scotland, Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War (BBC4, Wednesday) was the documentary equivalent of…

Did Britain commit a war crime in Dresden? A conversation

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A conversation between Sinclair McKay and A.N. Wilson